There are still some small annoyances preventing Lego Marvel's Avengers from being an outstanding game, but TT Games has shown it still has some magic up its sleeve to keep improving upon its long-running franchise.
Fans of the LEGO games and Marvel movies will enjoy it. Gamers in general feel the usual formula, they can let it go. The TT Games team needs to evolve the gameplay. The shadow of Lego Marvel Super Heroes remains.
The story is straight from the movies, and is enjoyable for kids of any age – indeed, fans of the Marvel universe will likely have fun here too. Some technical hiccups and the occasional unclear objective can hamper your progress, but these can all be overcome in a game that exudes a fun-loving attitude throughout.
A few new wrinkles such as the team-up attacks and the really cool audio part of the presentation are quite welcome, and I think these superhero games lend themselves to the TT Games better than most genres due to the large number of unique skills. It's reliable fun, but we keep saying this - TT Games needs to start bringing some genuinely original new ways of looking at LEGO, or the scores will start to fall as people get very tired of doing the same thing over and over again.
It was only a matter of time before the Lego collect-a-thons adapted Marvel Studios’ critically praised film franchise. It’s just a shame it came too little, too late.
The latest title in the series, Lego Marvel’s The Avengers, sends players through a handful of Marvel’s superhero flicks, including both Captain America and Avengers films, Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3. The presentation is great, of course, with film scenes being played out by Lego minifigs and voice clips from the actual films, but there is little more than that.
The story is obviously straightforward — if you’ve seen the movies. But there’s enough here to give you a few laughs per level. The goals of this title remain the same: Collect as many Lego pieces as possible, build and solve puzzles, defeat bosses and enjoy playing as a blocky version of your favorite superhero.
The game is a bit glitchy, though, and characters’ powers may not work just right. But that’s not without reason. As part of a welcome addition to the series, Lego Marvel’s The Avengers introduces team-up combos, in which two characters close to each other can pull off a pretty sweet finisher move. Iron Man blasts his repulsor beams off Captain America’s shield, Black Widow and Hawkeye zipline together and more. It’s just fun.
But as a whole, the game is lacking.
In 2013, Lego Marvel Super Heroes was released and gave us essentially all we would and could want from a Marvel Lego game. It had tons of characters, content and an open world. It was wild, wacky fun. This game, following the films’ lead, feels like it should have come first.
Characters like the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and all of the X-Men (aside from Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, for obvious reasons) are absent in this year’s title, but the game is supplemented by fantastic characters like Ms. Marvel and Lady Thor.
We just wish they were all in the same darn game. Heck, there are two really obscure Guardians of the Galaxy in this game, but the original crew is nowhere to be found. Someone explain that.
Unfortunately (or fortunately if you’ve got the dough), there’s a season pass for the title already available, with content packs based on Ant-Man and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War already in the works.
In addition to the odd character implementation, the game itself reuses a lot of the same content from Lego Marvel Super Heroes. Sure, New York got a glossy facelift and all of the animations are a bit better, but we need more than that.
The set pieces from the films are a step in the right direction — let’s just keep going down that road.
In terms of difficulty, the game is simple enough to get the hang of and enough to keep players of all ages interested. Overall, it’s a solid title with some interesting things missing. We just wish it could have come sooner, because the last game spoiled us.
Nicholas Friedman, Denton Record-Chronicle
Another LEGO game with everything you love! New open world is huge and robust and a lot of fun to play around in, but the wide array of games this title covers hurts the LEGO charm a little too much, as you lose on some jokes if you haven't seen every Marvel movie right before you play as it doesn't just cover the Avengers movies. Not enough added to improve on the LEGO series.
Lego Marvel Avengers is an underwhelming sequel to Lego Marvel Super Hero’s. It’s levels are bland and really don’t have anything to it. The new team up feature is magnificent but the game doesn’t use it a lot. The hub areas are impressive you can now explore more than just the city, however the places beside the city are forgettable at best. The roster is awesome but some characters feel the same. The quest and the missions are fun but get repetitive, however I wish there was more in depth development on the levels. Overall the game is fun to free roam in but the levels are a disastrous mess that it makes the game boring at times. (2/5 Play It If Your A Fan Of The Series)
SummaryAvengers Assemble! Experience the first console videogame featuring characters and storylines from the blockbuster film Marvel’s The Avengers and the much anticipated sequel Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and more. Play as the most powerful Super Heroes in their quest to save humanity.